So before Apple’s last event, I decided to buy a brand-new-yet-also-pre-out-dated Intel Mac Mini to use as a WiFi bridge / router / firewall in place of the Linksys WRT32X. It took me a little bit to re-figure out the BSD Packet Filter firewall again but I got some good routing speeds out of it (I had to use the NAT option in PF because without it I was only getting ~45MB/s vs the Linksys +80MB/s — I dunno why, maybe some sort of kernel level network driver bug going on?). Anyway, I chose to order the Intel version for the following reasons (as of writing this post):
- Intel 6-Core i5 CPU
- Optioned 16GB RAM
- Upgraded to 10-GigE
- 802.11ac-3×3 WiFi Radios
- VirtualBox VMs with Debian Linux (Bridgeable Network Adapters)
- 4x Thunderbolt-3 Ports (plus a Sonnet Solo10G Ethernet Adapter)
- It signals the end of an x86-era which won’t exist much longer!